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A few hints might be appreciated on the sources from which my materials have been accumulated. In addition to the formal histories and biographies, some of which are mentioned elsewhere, the chief sources have been conversations with older Brethren and especially book collectors among them, advertisement pages in the backs of books, magazines, publishers' and dealers' catalogs, correspondence with Brethren, librarians, and friends.

Of special help has been a man in England whom I got to know before I left Dallas, who had been an editor and litterateur, by the name of Alfred Marshall, D. Litt. Years ago, he edited The Greek Student's Monthly and more recently The Evangelical Preacher. He had some time to devote to research and did considerable for me. he knew the men and the literary sources to consult, although he himself was not associated with the Brethren. (I probably ought to state here that neither am I, nor have I ever been, although I have broken bread with the Open Brethren in four countries.)

I was fortunate acquiring some old catalogs of Pickering & Inglis and G.F. Vallance, Ltd., the latter of Dedham, Essex, among some books and pamphlets left to the Biola Library by the widow of a Brother. There is a gold mine of riches in some of these old catalogs.

The Emmaus Bible School in Oak Park, Illinois, undoubtedly has the largest collection of Brethren literature in America, apart from the Biola Library, although they have only a fraction of the titles that I have listed, and only a token collection of periodicals. McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, has a collection of pamphlets, and some books.

Outside the Emmaus Library and the three with which I have been connected, Barrington College and the Moody Bible Institute Library in Chicago contain appreciable collections of Brethren writings and, of course, the old established seminaries of the East will have representative works. The Biola Library has the largest collection of Brethren periodicals in America. Hartford Theological Seminary is said to have a larger number of Brethren periodicals than most seminaries. (see editorial update below)

One of the most fruitful sources of the more elusive titles has been the antagonistic literature. Croskery and Reid in particular give many titles that I had not run across elsewhere.

‘’’Editorial update’’’: This book (Brethren Writings) was published in 1969. Biola’s holdings of Brethren literature would not be as large, unsure about Hartford & McMaster. Emmaus Bible College would presently have the largest collection of Brethren literature in America, and the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester is reputed to have the largest holdings globally with regard to Brethren archives.

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